Learn Lao For Beginners
Want to learn Lao? Well congratulations on finding one of the best resources for Lao beginners!
Lao For Beginners is a self contained course that will send you on your way learning the language. The book comes with three audio CDs which follow along with the lessons found in the book itself. Listening is a crucial requirement since hearing the spoken Lao language regularly is key to learning how to speak it proficiently.
Lao For Beginners is one of the leading products used in American language schools that teach Lao!
This course also teaches you the extremely beautiful Lao written language, called abugida script. As with languages such as Thai you will notice that Lao is often written without spaces between words.
By grabbing a copy of Lao for Beginners you'll be fast tracking your way to learning Lao for real!
Lao For Beginners Product Information
- Author: Buasawan Simmala & Benjawan Becker
- Cover: Paperback
- Pages: 265
- Dimensions: 15.5cm x 21.5cm
- CDs: 3 Audio
- ISBN: 1-887521-42-9
The book and it's audio CDs is ideal for both an instructor led Lao course or self-study. Each chapter introduces useful vocabulary, followed by realistic conversations, hands on writing and many exercises. You will learn Lao in no time if you persist with this course.
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If you also want a top quality Lao dictionary then you can't go past the Lao-English dictionary by Paiboon Publishing!
The Lao-English Dictionary is cleverly designed in it's 'three-way' format which includes: English, Lao sound and Lao script. This means you always have a reference back to English and a guide to helping you pronounce the words.
Lao requires correct tones to be used to be properly understood and this Lao dictionary helps ensure you get them right!
The dictionary is just as useful to someone who can read Lao script as to those that can't. Since a phonetic transliteration is provided it isn't necessary to learn the Lao alphabet in order to use the dictionary.
If you are serious about learning Lao then you should try to learn the Lao alphabet as soon as possible. This is why an introductory guide to the Lao writing system is also included.
Lao-English Dictionary Product Information
- Author: Khamphan Mingbuapha & Benjawan Poomsan Becker
- Cover: Paperback
- Pages: 779
- Dimensions: 10.5cm x 14cm
- ISBN: 9781887521277
This Lao dictionary follows the Government approved standard for Lao spelling, which is now universally taught and used in Laos.
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Ideal Lao Course Preparation
Before your sign up for a Lao course you should consider using Lao for Beginners as a primer to get you started.
If you have ever been to a language course before then you'll be familiar with that slightly uncomfortable feeling of wondering if you'll be able to keep up. Wouldn't you prefer to go to your Lao course feeling confident instead?
Even if you simply concentrate on the Audio CDs that come with Lao for Beginners you will be much better off than most of the other students and your motivation will continue to grow.
Learn Lao Language Exchange
If you don't have any friends who speak Lao then we recommend you find a language exchange partner.
A language exchange is simply finding someone who speaks Lao (in this case) who wants to learn a language you can offer assistance in. You can then agree to meet regularly to exchange help and advice on learning each others language.
A language exchange is highly recommended even if you are attending a course to learn Lao as they can really accelerate your learning ability.
Lao Language Facts
Here are some interesting facts about the Lao language:
- Lao is spoken by over 5 million people.
- The written language uses the Lao abugida script.
- There is no official standard dialect however the Vientiane dialect has become the de facto standard.
- Lao is also spoken in Northern Thailand where it is called Isan.
- It is a tonal language (6 tones).
Going to Laos?
If you are lucky enough to be going to beautiful Laos then there are a couple of web sites that will interest you:
Department of Foreign Affairs & Travel Registry
A must for any Australian traveller, this web site allows you to register your travel plans so that the government can locate you in an emergency.
SmartTraveller.gov.au Travel Advice for Laos
Here you can see the latest travel warnings and notices current for Laos.
- Lao Embassy Australia
English is not as widely spoken as you may expect so prepare yourself early and start learning Lao now!